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Senate & House Committees Continue Communications Landscape Review

Congressional panels are continuing their survey of the communications landscape. In May, the Communications Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee reviewed the “State of Video,” and this week focused on the “State of Wireless Communications,” which specifically highlighted the FCC’s ongoing spectrum auction proceeding. Notably, next week the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee will continue its review of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), which has the potential to broaden into a contentious battle over television law more generally.

NRB has trumpeted the value of faith programming in American media, in particular emphasizing the vital significance of “Must Carry” laws for many religious TV stations and the importance of showing care for religious programming in spectrum allocation deliberations. Indeed, Dr. Frank Wright, President & CEO of NRB, recently declared, “Let us be careful not to auction away wholesome programming from the airwaves.” NRB continues to urge policies that honor the important services of Christian television broadcasters in their local communities.

  • Find NRB’s recent press release on Christian TV here.
  • Watch this week’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on wireless here, and learn more about the upcoming satellite TV law hearing in the House.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: June 7, 2013

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